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Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:45:26 +0200
From: Agnieszka Bielec <>
Subject: Re: PHC: yescrypt on GPU

2015-07-23 4:00 GMT+02:00 Solar Designer <>:
> On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 01:33:26AM +0200, magnum wrote:
>> On 2015-07-23 00:36, Agnieszka Bielec wrote:
>> >has anyone idea why copying parts of memory from __global to __private
>> >makes my code slower when there are different passwords and faster
>> >where all passwords are the same?
> Why faster for same passwords:
> This is puzzling, but my guess (which could well be wrong) is that the
> remaining global memory accesses have better locality of reference
> (resulting in better cache hit rate) and/or coalescing potential than
> all of them did before you moved some to private memory.  In other
> words, you moved the "bad" ones to private and kept the "good" ones in
> global.  But they are only "good" when the passwords are the same (and I
> guess the salts as well, or there are few different ones), so this is of
> no practical use.
> Why slower for different passwords:
> I guess your LWS or/and GWS became lower.
>> >I did in lyra2 something very
>> >similar, maybe my code is too big and I have to do split kernels?
> Split kernel may be good anyway, but this is most likely unrelated to
> this specific occasion.
>> Are there differences in length distribution in the two cases?
> This should be irrelevant.  The PHC finalists process the plaintext
> password into a hash early on, and do not use the plaintext password
> frequently.  They are not like e.g. md5crypt in this respect.
>> If not,
>> Maybe in the slow case they end up spilling to local memory due to
>> harder register pressure.
> Maybe.  This is a possibility with any changes to a kernel.

I have message during compiling that:  0 bytes spill stores, 0 bytes spill

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